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In our March issue, you’ll learn about the winner of our International Peace Poster Contest, pre- and post- Convention tours in Korea, the Leo Lion Summit in Busan and more. Read on for the latest Lions Clubs International news and information.

Filipino Girl Wins Lions International Peace Poster Contest

2011-2012 Peace Poster Contest WinnerWe’re pleased to announce that the grand prize winner of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest is Trisha Co Reyes. The Manila Centennial Lions Club sponsored Trisha, a 13-year-old girl from the Philippines, in the contest. As the grand prize winner, Trisha will receive US$5,000 and attend an award ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations (LDUN) in New York City. Learn more about Trisha and order your kit to participate in the 25th annual competition, “Imagine Peace.” Your town might be the home of our next winner.

Young Girl Wins International Essay Contest

Mikaela Smith, a 12 year-old girl from Indiana, USA, is the grand prize winner of the Lions International Essay contest. The Chesterton Lions Club sponsored Mikaela in the contest. During this month’s LDUN event, Mikaela will receive an award and the US$5,000 grand prize. In her essay, Mikaela wrote, “I believe the simplest way to define peace is to ask or watch a child.” Read Mikaela’s essay – and learn how your club can sponsor the 2012-13 Lions International Essay Contest for visually-impaired students, ages 11-13.

Pre- and Post- Busan Convention Tours

Lions attending our convention in Busan may wish to visit Yeosu, Korea the venue for EXPO 2012, a world's fair-type event. The EXPO theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast,” strives to provide education about the importance of balancing the environment and ocean/coastal development. Millions of international visitors are expected to attend the EXPO – and our preferred tour operators can help you plan your visit there. Not registered for convention yet? Advance registration closes on May 1, 2012. Register to attend today!

Leo Lion Summit in Korea

As part of Lions’ commitment to youth, we want to ensure that Leos have a voice in our organization. To help us reach this goal, the first ever Leo Lion Summit will take place during the 2012 Lions Clubs International Convention. This Summit will encourage more dialogue between Lions and Leos – and allow Lions to better understand those who will one day lead our association. Learn more about this special event.

Get Ready for the Camping Season

Lions recreational camps give youth a chance to be included without limitations. That’s why so many parents hope their children with diabetes or other special needs will be able to attend camp. And you can help. Our partner, Diabetes Education and Camping Association, has great resources for Lions who want to start or improve diabetes camping programs. You can also assist an existing Lions camp by providing camperships, helping prepare camp facilities, or planning a special activity for campers. Find a camp near you.

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